Some Global Covid Headlines

Brits facing Tier 4 lockdown head to the pub for final pint on last night of freedom

Following Health Secretary, Matt Hancock’s House of Commons announcement of more areas moving into Tier 3 and 4, only punters on the Scilly Isles can enjoy their local boozer

 

South Africa

Private hospital erects emergency patient area in parking lot

A private hospital has set up a 10-bed holding area in the undercover parking lot to cope with an increasing number of people seeking medical care in Pretoria.

Life Eugene Marais Hospital has bolstered capacity in a bid to limit any delays in treating patients arriving at its emergency unit.

 

Daily Tokyo COVID-19 cases surge past 1,000 for the first time

Tokyo’s daily COVID-19 cases surged to a record of over 1,300 Thursday, a metropolitan government source said, a day after Gov. Yuriko Koike warned that the capital is facing “a third wave” of infections of an “unprecedented magnitude.”

“We are in a very severe and crucial phase,” Koike said at a news conference on Wednesday. “It is no surprise that an explosion of infections could occur at any time.”

Tokyo had logged a record 949 infections on Saturday, a total that was nearly surpassed with 944 cases Wednesday.

 

New, potentially more contagious coronavirus variant found in Southern California

Gov. Newsom made the announcement a day after the first reported U.S. case caused by that particular coronavirus strain was detected in Colorado.

 

 

Mehr als 32.500 Neuinfektionen, fast 1000 Todesfälle

Das RKI hat 32.552 neue Fälle von Covid-19 gemeldet, 964 Menschen sind an oder mit dem Virus gestorben. Die Zahlen könnten in Wirklichkeit noch höher liegen, da an den Feiertagen die Meldeketten nur beschränkt funktionieren.

 

Couvre-feu renforcé : un impact certain mais pas forcément suffisant

S’appuyant sur les expériences antérieures, le gouvernement mise sur l’avancement du couvre-feu à 18 heures pour réduire la pression dans les départements les plus touchés par le Covid. Mais beaucoup d’élus des zones concernées en doutent.

 

‘Dancing nurse’ who cheered patients with her moves has COVID-19

A woman who earned the nickname the “Dancing Nurse” for cheering her COVID-19 patients with her moves while volunteering across the country has contracted the virus.

Registered nurse Ana Wilkinson, who had been treating coronavirus-stricken patients in New York and most recently in Texas, wrote on Instagram Monday that she’s been fighting the virus and urged the public to wear masks.

“I wanted to share that healthcare workers get SICK. We take care of the public, and yes, we get sick. We are human. But if we get sick, who is going to take care of your families?” Wilkinson wrote.

“As more and more healthcare get ill or even die, we feel frustrated, tired, and discouraged. All we ask is for you to wear your mask.”⠀⠀

Wilkinson, who is based in San Diego, California, tested negative on Dec. 13 and went back to work at UC San Diego Medical Center that same Monday.

 

Critically ill patients ‘evacuated’ hundreds of miles as fears grow London could run out of beds

Exclusive: London’s mothballed Nightingale field hospital to be opened next week to help the capital to cope

Critically ill patients are being “evacuated” from the south of England to hospitals hundreds of miles away as NHS bosses in London revealed data showing the capital is set to run out of critical care beds within a week.

There were 50,000 positive cases reported across the UK for the second day running on Wednesday, with figures showing London – now the centre of the crisis – with 5,524 patients in hospital, more than its first-wave peak in April.  

 

In response to the worsening crisis in London, The Independent has learnt NHS England will announce plans on Thursday to reopen the Nightingale Hospital, at the east London Excel conference centre, on 4 January – initially with around 60 beds for patients who are almost ready to leave hospital.

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